Modernity, Nationalism, Resistance: Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

  title={Modernity, Nationalism, Resistance: Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan},
  author={Cengiz Surucu},
  journal={Central Asian Survey},
  pages={385 - 402}
  • Cengiz Surucu
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Sociology
  • Central Asian Survey
Empires have a bad habit of surviving their physical demise. They breed a peculiar way of thinking, implant unique dispositions and nurture conflicting loyalties and fragmented identities. As most of what they leave behind contradicts the realities of post-imperial era, they re-enact their own failure over and over again. Fragmented by the enduring identity crisis and resilient economic, political and cultural dislocations, the post-imperial nation-building projects rarely take firm roots. Post… 

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